is a popular seaside resort located in the northern coast of
in the Sariyer district.
Istanbul is the leading city of Turkey,
and a city where the western world meets the east.
western Europeans view Istanbul as a great option for an
interesting city break, but are perhaps inclined to look
elsewhere when planning the main summer holiday.
However, resorts like Kilyos in the Sariyer district of
Istanbul can allow you to enjoy the best of both worlds.
A stay in Kilyos affords
easy access to the sights and experiences of the historic city of
Istanbul, while providing the location and facilities that you’d expect
from traditional seaside holidays.
Kilyos is a popular
weekend break and beach holidays destination in Istanbul.
best-known for its beautiful sandy beaches and coves, nice modern
hotels, restaurants and summer time entertainment and water sports
activities such as beach concerts, kite surfing and more.
In Kilyos you
may experience a great weekend with variety of activities such as dining
& wining, sunbathing, swimming, windsurfing, kite boarding, skiing,
hiking, fishing and nature...
You may spend your night at the modern Kilyos hotels and apartments
located in a spectacular Black Sea landscape...
Kilyos is one of the most preferred weekend
holiday locations in Istanbul.
Kilyos is surrounded by the Black Sea from the northern
part and by the forests from the southern part. Kilyos is
an ideal weekend breaks destination in Istanbul for all seasons.
Especially in summer the town's population increases.
Surrounding the beach are a selection of hotels, cafes
and restaurants offering standard holiday fare and also
local specialties. Make sure that you try some of the
delicious Mezzes you’ll be offered in many of these
establishments. Mezzes are small dishes of local produce
presented in a similar way to the tapas dishes that you
can enjoy in Spain. Delicious salads and rice dishes
including the Mediterranean region staples of aubergine,
olive and tomato make excellent appetizers to enjoy
before devouring a world class kebab.
With its wonderful nature, golden sandy beaches,
beautiful coves, water sports activities and dine&wine opportunities, Kilyos has eventually become one of the most popular holidays and
activity towns in Istanbul. Kilyos is 11 km. to Sariyer, 32 km. to
Taksim and 50 km. to Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Kilyos beaches are the
most popular and clean ones in Istanbul.
Kilyos beaches of Istanbul are also very ideal for jet skiing,
windsurfing and all kind of water sports. For the ones who love nature
and silence, there are also lots of bays and green travel locations in
Kilyos has a sandy beach facing out onto the cool waters
of the Black Sea.
The relatively low temperature of the
water is in fact part of the appeal for the residents of
Istanbul, who like to come to this northern suburb of
the city to cool off during the heat of the summer.
This also means that the beach can be very
busy at the weekend, but also pleasantly quiet
during the average weekday.
On the way
to Kilyos, while passing through the Belgrad Forests, you may see lots
of countryside restaurants and picnic areas as well.
Settlements and history in Kilyos stand for
centuries. At the beginning, the village became
popular as a small fisherman town. During the
era of the Roman Empire, the town showed big
development. After the fall of the Roman Empire,
Kilyos participated into Byzantium lands. Due to
its geographical state, it has been a critical
town for the maritime civilizations, i.e. The
During the era of the
Crusades there has been a big chaos and disorder at the region, and after
the Ottoman Empire’s sovereignty, the town found the peace and became a
cosmopolite center. During the era of the
Turkish Republic, Kilyos became the district of Sariyer and after 1960s it
showed big developments in tourism and became the most popular vacation and
activity region for the elite society.
Greek were the first
native people of Kilyos. Like all the other villages, Kilyos took migration
after the battle of Russia in 1877. And no Greek people left in the village
after the treatment of the exchange of the societies. The first historic
place when you enter the town is the Castle built in the 14th century during
the era of the Genoese. The castle restored by the Ottoman sultan Mahmud II.
The name of the town
“Kilyos” is believed
to be came from the
Greek word “Kilya”
which means, “sand”.
Another rumor is
that it has come
from the word
strait”. During the
era of the Turkish
Republic, its name
changed by “Kumköy”
which means, “the
village of sand” in
didn’t let it stay
so. The town is
still called as “Kilyos”.
Istanbul Kilyos holidays
For the ones who want to enjoy the nature
with their families and kids together with a great
relaxation on the grasses and delicious barbecues.
seaside and water sports activities, beaches, surfing, sunbathing, beach clubs,
hotels, restaurants, seafood, barbecue, daily boat trips, wedding and
all kind of organizations,
restaurants, picnic areas,
carting and paintball are some
of the great opportunities that Kilyos has to offer to its visitors. Especially in summer hundred thousands of people
come visit Kilyos.